In the past year, the Stop Human Trafficking Committee has contributed to the League’s impact on the Portland community in many ways, most notably with two signature programs centered around National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
On January 11, 2020, the Committee hosted its first annual event. This event was open to the entire community to raise awareness about Human Trafficking in Portland—our own backyard. City Commissioner Susheela Jayapal spoke about how Junior League is combating human trafficking and helping survivors, and the value of raising community awareness. The committee featured a special viewing of “Waiting for the Light,” a documentary created by JLP to expose the scope and reality of sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
We then welcomed two additional guest speakers: Amy-Marie Merrell from The Cupcake Girls, and Cassie Trajan from A Village for One, who each shared their experiences helping survivors through their nonprofits organizations.
This informative event was also the kick-off of our Eighth Annual Delicates Drive, where we collected new undergarments of any kind to provide individuals fleeing from circumstances of human trafficking.
Our goal was to reach 10,000 undergarments (double last year’s goal) and with the support of the community, coverage on local television news stations KOIN, KGW, the Multnomah County website, and our amazing Sustainers, we met our goal. A special shout out to Donna Smalldon for her generous donation that ensured our success in meeting our goal. Overall, the retail value of the delicates donations was over $40,000. Thank you to everyone that served on and supported the Stop Human Trafficking Committee.